Chris Martin became Reading’s second signing of the month on deadline day, joining from Derby County in a loan deal until the end of the season. The former Norwich City and Fulham man is an experienced forward at Championship level, having scored more than 100 goals in the top three tiers of English football, but was not getting much game time at his parent club.
Royals fans have been crying out for such a player pretty much constantly since last May, so it’s great to see the club finally get a proven hitman who fits the bill.
Speaking about his move, Martin said that - despite what he sees as a “false” league position - the opportunity to work with Jaap Stam and a talented group of players at the Madejski Stadium was an exciting one.
“I had a few options so it was about trying to assess the best option for me.
“I felt like with the quality of the lads here and the pedigree of the manager was a big pull for me to come here.
“I’ve seen how the team works with him as the manager. I think everyone knows about him as a player and I’ve seen how his team works with and I’ve heard some very positive stuff.
“I can’t wait to begin working with him. He’s got a real clear philosophy. He likes to play very good football, an attacking brand and hopefully I can come in and contribute to that.”
You can read more of Martin’s thoughts on the transfer at The Wokingham Paper, right here.
Jaap Stam still a draw for new signings?
Despite Reading’s struggles this season, it’s interesting to see players citing Jaap Stam as a reason for joining the club. Granted, you can always write it off as a generic answer, but for me it is probably still a valid factor.
Yes, the club have been pretty awful so far, and there aren’t really any good excuses for their current 18th place in the Championship. However, the opportunity to work with a manager who turned out for Manchester United, AC Milan and others in his playing days still seems to be an appealing prospect.